I have been a little secretive the past few weeks hinting at something I wanted to share but have I’ve been so preoccupied with my eldest son’s wedding that I haven’t had time to post. However, today is the day I can share my news and some photos of the progress of the new beach house I have purchased.
- Wide plank wooden floors
- raked/vaulted ceiling
- open plan kitchen/dining/living
- Hamptons style, solid wood, paint finish kitchen
- granite bench tops
- 2 bathrooms
- free standing bath
- 3 bedrooms (one for guests and maybe one for a studio)
- Separate laundry room
- feature fireplace
- board and batten exterior
- double garage with direct house access (for unloading shopping on rainy days)
- landscaped garden with enough room for entertaining and growing some veggies and fruit trees
- location – Had to be near the sea and not far from the countryside”
We wasted no time in heading to their nearby section on stage 8 of the Palm Springs subdivision. Although the section is small, there is space for indoor/outdoor entertaining and room to grow a few veg. Fencing will surround the house so it will be easy to espalier a few fruit trees (a great space saving idea). The house itself is 160 square metres (1,722 square foot). The plans showed a raked (vaulted ceiling) to the main living area and hallway which was high on my wish list. The remaining ceilings although not raked, will be 2.7 metres high which is similar in height to a traditional villa. Although the build is a house and land package, because I have purchased early Sarah and Aaron have kindly allowed me to make some decisions on the wood flooring, exterior and interior colours and a few extras, one being that I have decided on a sliding barn style door between the living room and the hallway leading to the main bathroom and two guest bedrooms.
With regards to the actual architectural plans these are obviously within the house and land package. The exterior will be a combination of painted brick and board and batten. The front of the house is simple in design but landscaping and a few extras will make a big difference. The ‘icing on the cake’ is the chimney detail at the back of the house. A house and land package means I don’t have the hassles and expense of buying land then employing an architect and sorting out building permits etc, everything has been done by Aaron and Sarah and it is included in the price right down to the letter box and landscaping. All the building stress has been taken away and the only stress I have had so far is making a decision on the roof colour at short notice.